RE: STRIPED BASS SEASON – COMMERCIAL FISHING OPERATIONS – ALBEMARLE SOUND MANAGEMENT AREA
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Friday, March 14, 2014, the following provisions shall apply to the harvest of striped bass by COMMERCIAL FISHING OPERATIONS IN THE ALBEMARLE SOUND MANAGEMENT AREA.
I. AREA DESCRIPTION
The Albemarle Sound Management Area as described in N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 3R .0201 (a).
II. SIZE AND HARVEST RESTRICTIONS
A. It is unlawful to take, possess, transport, buy, sell, or offer for sale striped bass less than 18 inches total length taken by commercial fishing operations from the Albemarle Sound Management Area.
B. It is unlawful for an individual or commercial fishing operation regardless of the number of persons or vessels involved, to possess, land, sell or offer for sale striped bass, unless taken in conjunction with other commercially important finfish.Striped bass will be limited to 50% by weight, of the combined daily harvest, not to exceed 15 fish per day, per Standard Commercial Fishing License (SCFL) holder. The daily harvest limit of 15 striped bass shall not be exceeded, regardless of where taken from internal waters, unless the fish are taken in accordance with II. C. below.
C. It is unlawful for any operation consisting of more than one SCFL holder to be in possession of more than two daily harvest limits.A SCFL holder must accompany each single harvest limit until the time of sale to a dealer possessing a valid 2013/2014 STRIPED BASS DEALER PERMIT validated for the Albemarle Sound Management Area.
D. It is unlawful to sell or purchase striped bass taken by hook-and-line.
E. For gill net requirements in the Albemarle Sound Management Area, see the most recent M- type proclamations specific to the area.
A. It is unlawful for a dealer to possess, buy, sell or offer for sale striped bass taken from the Albemarle Sound Management Area without holding a valid STRIPED BASS DEALER PERMIT validated for the Albemarle Sound Management Area from the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries.Dealers must abide by all conditions which appear on the permit as well as the general provisions which appear in 15A NCAC 3O .0500 et seq.
B. Striped bass lawfully sold to a permitted dealer may be resold to a non-permitted wholesale or retail market provided the initial permitted dealer records their dealer identification number on each bill of lading or receipts involved in the shipment of striped bass.Any individual or corporation who holds a current finfish dealer license must obtain a STRIPED BASS DEALER PERMIT validated for the Albemarle Sound Management Area in order to sell any striped bass personally harvested.
IV. SALE TAGS
It is unlawful for a dealer to possess, buy, sell, or offer for sale striped bass taken from the Albemarle Sound Management Area without having a North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries issued Albemarle Sound Management Area striped bass tag affixed through the mouth and gill cover.In case of the striped bass imported from other states, a similar tag that is issued for striped bass in the state of origin must be affixed.
V. LANDING RESTRICTIONS
Striped bass taken from areas opened by this proclamation shall only be sold only to and purchased by a dealer possessing a current STRIPED BASS DEALER PERMIT validated for the Albemarle Sound Management Area.
VI. SEASON CLOSURE
The striped bass season for commercial fishing equipment in the Albemarle Sound Management Area will close at 8:00 P.M., Wednesday, April 30, 2014, unless closed by proclamation at an earlier date due to the harvest allocation being met.Dealers will have until two weeks after the closing of the season to sell, offer for sale, transport, or have in possession unfrozen striped bass taken in this fishery.